Man guilty of historical child sex offence
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A 38-year-old man’s been found guilty of a historical sexual offence against a child in Staffordshire.
Levi Watkis from Meir was found guilty of sexual activity with a girl, aged between 13 and 15, between July 2006 and July 2007.
The trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court concluded on Friday 28 May with Watkis due to be sentenced at a later date.
Detective Constable Michael Hall of Staffordshire Police said: “Watkis took advantage of his victim’s age by paying her compliments in the run up to the attack. They were alone and he pressurised and scared her into doing what he said.
“I pay tribute to the victim, who has shown tremendous bravery in coming forward and allowing us to bring this case before the courts.
“Historic crimes can be challenging to take on but we hope this adds as a reminder to people that we will continue to do whatever is necessary to bring those responsible to justice, no matter how far in the past these crimes might have taken place.”
Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or suspects others may be subject to sexual abuse, is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through www.crimestoppers-uk.org